Title

Signal jamming in the translation market and the complementary roles of certification and diplomas in developing multilateral signaling mechanisms

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Translation and Interpreting : The International Journal of Translation and Interpreting Research

Publication Date

1-1-2013

Volume

5

Issue

1

First Page

211

Last Page

221

Publisher

University of Western Sydney. Interpreting & Translation Research Group

Keywords

certification, asymmetric information, signaling, signal jamming, academic degrees, continuing professional development (CPD)

Abstract

The market for translation services provided by individuals is currently characterized by significant uncertainty because buyers lack clear ways to identify qualified providers from amongst the total pool of translators. Certification and educational diplomas both serve to reduce the resulting information asymmetry, but both suffer from potential drawbacks: translator training programs are currently oversupplying the market with graduates who may lack the specific skills needed in the market and no certification program enjoys universal recognition. In addition, the two may be seen as competing means of establishing qualification. The resulting situation, in which potential clients are uncertain about which signal to trust, is known as a signal jam. In order to overcome this jam and provide more consistent signaling, translator-training programs and professional associations offering certification need to collaborate more closely to harmonize their requirements and deliver continuing professional development (CPD) that help align the outcomes from training and certification.

DOI

ti.105201.2013.a11

E-ISSN

18369324

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Recommended Citation

Chan, A. L. J. (2013). Signal jamming in the translation market and the complementary roles of certification and diplomas in developing multilateral signaling mechanisms. Translation and Interpreting: The International Journal of Translation and Interpreting Research, 5(1), 211-221. doi: ti.105201.2013.a11